I was curious if anyone varies their rates on the "degree of difficulty" or experience required for an installation. In some peoples minds "anyone can do that"...changing recessed light trims, replacing light fixtures, etc. Some Darwin nominees even change circuit breakers.
It would be possible to vary rates, so the easy tasks would be priced less, and the really nasty jobs, like swimming in insulation in the summer, would be priced higher.
Anyone doing this or having comments on this would be appreciated (especially comments from residential service contractors).
Back in my earliest days in the trade I worked as an Electrical Mechanic. Our Labour rates were posted as $20.00/Hr. $30.00 if you watch. $40.00 if you help. and we pointed this out and made sure the customer did not think we were kidding because we were not. It helped a lot in keeping our costs down both from the inevitable distractions and loss of borrowed tools. Still there was always the guy who insisted on paying $40.00/ hr.
It makes sense that the Jman and apprentice are charged out at the same rates, if they use jman labour hours to determine how long the job will take.
If a jman can do the project in 4 hours because of experience, the apprentice will probably take more. The relationship between the apprentice's experience and the time it takes for him/her to do the job should be fairly proportionate to the hourly rate of the jman.